April 23rd, 2008
03:20 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton works to energize supporters

Clinton worked to energize a group of supporters in Indiana Wednesday.

Clinton worked to energize a group of supporters in Indiana Wednesday.

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (CNN) – Looking to capitalize on the momentum out of her Pennsylvania primary victory, Hillary Clinton made a quick trip here to energize supporters and plant the flag as her campaign looks to what could be a tight primary contest on May 6.

"The voters of Pennsylvania decided by an overwhelming majority they could count on me to deliver for them. They could count on me to make the tough decisions that will be presented to the next president," Clinton told an outdoor rally in downtown Indianapolis. "We can do it, we can do it."

Clinton told assembled supporters and onlookers that after her Pennsylvania win she now leads in the popular vote tally, something the Obama campaign disputes because Clinton's assertion assumes the vote tallies from Florida and Michigan are included. The Democratic National Committee continues to grapple with the dilemma of whether or not the delegates from those two states will be seated at the party's summer convention.

"It's a very close race but if you count as i count the 2.3 million people who voted in Michigan and Florida then we are going to build on that," she said.

Clinton said her visit marked the 50th time a member of the Clinton family had visited Indiana during this campaign. Both President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton are expected to tour the state in the coming days.

"There will be very few days that a Clinton isn't in Indiana," said Jonathan Swain, the campaign's state communications director.

"This campaign for me here in Indiana is about jobs, jobs, jobs, and jobs. That is what I believe the central issue is. The economy is not working for hard working Americans," Clinton said.

Indiana is losing manufacturing jobs and the states' home foreclosure rate is on the rise. Voters concerned about the economy helped carry Clinton to victory in Pennsylvania, and her campaign hopes a continued emphasis on that issue will give her a boost here.

The fact that Indiana neighbors Illinois, the Clinton campaign says, gives Sen. Barack Obama a bit of an edge here. There are 28 Clinton offices around Indiana, four of which are in the northwestern part of the state, which is part of the Chicago television market - making Obama a very familiar face.

"It's been a hard fought contest that's been good for the Democratic Party," Clinton said. "What's important is how we engage with all of you over the next two weeks."

Clinton spends Thursday in North Carolina, and returns to Indiana Friday for a two-day campaign swing.

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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. Christina Mercelle Carlson

    Waste waste waste, YOU WILL LOSE THIS BET!
    Do not waste your money on a losing horse.
    She is bleeding her followers to keep up this historical nonsense.
    She will take down the whole party with her. This is a disfunctional relationship that needs to end. Hogwash as I would like to kindly remind you is in the air. So don't be miss lead by it. Get behind winning the white house, AND FAST!

    April 23, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. Kathleen

    If she is for jobs – her actions don't support her words.
    Mexico, Canada, Columbia, China – NAFTA
    India – Offshore Outsourcing
    What are all the things the Hillary support. Jobs in other countries.

    April 23, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. FactOfTheMatterIs

    While clinging on to blind optimism and fighting madly, the Clintonians should realize the best they could hope for is the following final tally:
    Delegates: Sen Obama (2077) and Clinton (1940)
    With Florida and Michigan: Obama (2157) and Clinton (2118)

    Popular vote: Obama (+300,000)

    So you see, Clinton can never win. All she will do is ruin the party, herself and any chance her supporters may have in winning their own re-elections. I hope Clinton can win NY senate race next time!

    April 23, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. Enjoy Your 2-Week Celebration

    For the next 2 weeks, Hillary can dance and sing about her amazing feat of gaining 12 more than delegates than Obama did in Pennsylvania.

    But 2 weeks from now, Obama will have regained the same lead he had before. North Carolina will be a landslide for Obama.

    April 23, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. Hillary...2nd place isn't the end of the world.

    does anyone ever notice how hillary supporters cannot spell, nevermind the fact that they read into what ever CNN (Clinton News Network) writes and twist it to make them feel better for voting for a bi-polar crazy lady....

    so sad.

    Obama '08

    April 23, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Deborah

    This arrogant evil liar will not go away.

    The stupid american people gave us 2 terms of Bush so I guess its easy to understand why they have not problem backing this LIAR Hillary Rotten Clinton

    April 23, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. Noah

    People Trust Obama, you are so wrong and only believe the Obama spin. His money does not come 100% from the people..Look up the facts. Drug and Oil companies are supporting him, by having employees bundle 200,000 each in donations..Check out the article in USAToday last week that exposes all the power players pumping money into the Obama campaign. The american people have been lied to by the Obama camp.

    April 23, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |

    All the candidates knew before this whole thing started that Florida and Michigan were not going to count. No one campaigned in Florida, she did not win Florida, Bill Clinton did, without him no one would know who she is. As of Michigan, even Hillary fans have to question this. She claims a win when she was the only one on the ballot? COME ON! Because Bill was a good president does not mean we owe the Clintons anything, he was doing his Job. Another thing, just because you have a good boss that works hard and knows what they are doing does not mean his wife is qualified to be a good boss too. Let's be real!

    April 23, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. Scott C

    Of the 2 MILLION + people who voted, 200,000 more people voted for her..

    9% isn't OVERWHELMING.

    Get over yourself... You lost...

    You gained 5 seconds on a runner who is 2 minutes ahead of you....

    You can't catch up.

    April 23, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. leland

    Listen, folks Hillary Clinton couldn't beat John McCain in a beauty contest. Her lying ways have come to roost.

    Liar, Liar sniper fire!

    April 23, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. leicheco

    Funny how she has had a personality change since the beginning of the campaign, if she wins which she shouldn't or can't – she'll go back to her old, ugly self. Bet she is tired at night she has to work so hard at being nice and warm hearted all day. Don't want this lady to be representing the USA with other countries...she's no better then Bush!

    April 23, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  12. Nathan

    Look to the way Obama has treated Michigan and Florida for a clue on his Presidency. Florida was pushed up by a GOP controlled state and a record number turned out delivering Clinton a decisive victory. It is undemocratic to deny seating the Sunshine State. Michigan is more unclear as I believe Obama could have garnered up to 45% of the vote. Maybe all undecided delegates should be able to be seated for Obama. Either way, Clinton supporters in Florida and Michigan should vote for Nader or McCain in the General if Hillary is not the candidate to protest Barry the Undemocratic Democrat.

    April 23, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  13. ck


    You have sent a message to the world that and to this lying phoney that it's OK to lie, "mis-speak" and say ANYTHING ....and YOU will still vote for her!!

    Bill put the dumbing down of America on the Express Track and now we reap the benefits.

    God help us all!

    April 23, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. Incredulous

    Can the Hillary monster ever say anything without lies and trickery?

    April 23, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Donna

    A lead cut from 20% to 10% is not an overwhelming victory. Keep up the double-speak HRC.

    April 23, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. vh


    April 23, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Tonya

    Have you notice every state she goes to she scream I Love This State Indiana, she wants people to think she really cares, next when she loose she will go to the next state I Love This State North Carolina and then she will loose again, then she will be screaming I Love You Mccain and Mccain would say sorry Hillary but you and I both lost to Obama we can stop being fake towards the American People Now, and have you notice every state she goes to she has a story to tell I wonder if she's telling the truth or not she reminds me of this girl I went to school with If you have a Burberry purse, she has one too but hers is bigger, She have this I am better than anyone mindframe.

    April 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. Betty in Baltimore

    what a lying cynical witch



    April 23, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. vh

    OBAMA 08
    OBAMA 08
    OBAMA 08
    OBAMA 08
    OBAMA 08
    OBAMA 08

    April 23, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  20. barry

    She is the stronger candidate, period.

    April 23, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  21. Newman

    Really, since when is 8.6 percent an overwhelming majority? I guess you could say then that Barack beat Hillary by an overwhelming majority in Philly and metro Harrisburg. If she wants to give people jobs in Indiana then maybe she can pay them to campaign for her instead of using million dollar crooks who steal money from her campaign. Example: Mark Penn.

    April 23, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. Manuel TX

    The superdelegates can ignore the voters in MI and FL at their own peril.

    No democrat is going to win the general election without those voters.

    Go Hillary!!!!


    April 23, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. D.Kimbro OHIO

    This lady is such a liar.. If she will go to this level to get elected, what will she do if she gets elected. Enough of this BS lets stop talking about Michgan and Florida, they will not be seated until a nominee is in place. What difference will it make then. The Clintons if nominated will alienate a large block of voters. This supposed edge among whites, is a crock. Any good democrat would vote for the party. As for the black vote and the new voters. They may be able to turn some black voters, but the new voters wont support someone who represents what they perceive as the establishment. All of the newly registered voters will be lost. Think about it. I have learned that being for a candidate doesnt mean that I am against the other.

    Long Live the Democratic Party

    April 23, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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